18th Annual US FreedomWalk Festival®
The US FreedomWalk Festival® is a weekend, non-competitive, social walking challenge bringing participants of all ages and abilities together for fun, fitness, and international friendship. There are three themes to the annual event:
- Fitness through walking.
- Learning about US history and freedoms
- Making friends from all over the world
Each day features a different walk available only on that day. On Friday, experience Arlington Virginia hospitality with a Welcome Walk west of the Potomac River to include Arlington National Cemetery. Friday’s trails are 5 and 10 km long (3 / 6 miles). Arlington was named the “Number 1 Walking City” A Gold Walkable City.
Saturday’s 12 & 21(+/-) km ( 12/27 mile) walks go by the embassies, memorials, the National Mall, all three branches of the federal government and the US Capital. Saturday’s trail travels around some of the best trails in Arlington, VA and Washington, D.C.
Sunday’s 12 & 21(+/-)km ( 6 /12 mile) walks branch out to the C&O Canal and other parks depending on the distance selected by the participants.
All trails are primarily on sidewalks with occasional natural surfaces on Sunday. Some may be difficult for strollers and wheelchairs due to local differences in accessibility. Alternate routes are available on some trails. Trails are mostly flat except Sunday (Rate 1 to 2+ on a 5 scale)
The event was created in 2000 to welcome walkers from all over the world to the nation’s capital city in friendship. This walking event is hosted by Arlington County, Virginia and AVA Club 901. The walk is a three-day civil and military, noncompetitive walk for everyone. It promotes friendship and education about the United States and other countries. This is not a charity walk.
There is a short “Welcome Walk” on Friday afternoon. the Saturday trails visit international-themed locations including a visit to embassies. On Saturday, the longer trails take participants on a tour of US architecture, monuments, and parks in the nation’s capital, and to memorials honoring those who created and sacrificed for freedom—the foundation of the national culture. Sunday’s trails walk along the C&O Canal and other parks.
Start at your leisure each day during the start period and walk at your own pace. Everyone must register at the start location.
With so much to see, start early. This is a family event for all ages. You choose your desired course based on your abilities and personal desires. The walk is for your health.
Register at active.com
The event is co-hosted by: IML Walking Association, AVA America’s Walking Club,, WalkArlington, BikeArlington, StayArlington, and Arlington County, Virginia USA